TechOne keys in partnership deal with Qattro properties

ENTERPRISE software innovator TechnologyOne has partnered with Qattro to tackle the property group’s expansion on a national scale.

With an expected turnover of more than $100 million in the next financial year, and offices opening across Australia, South Australian owned and operated property group Qattro  had partnered with TechnologyOne to deliver “a scalable, integrated enterprise solution that will accommodate expeditious growth,” according to Qattro managing director Bradley Jansen. 

“We have a complex business, but TechnologyOne gives us a system that will not only keep up with our fast pace, but stay one step ahead with constant innovation,” Mr Jansen said.

TechnologyOne executive chairman Adrian Di Marco said the partnership highlighted TechnologyOne’s position as an innovative partner for the property development industry.

“TechnologyOne delivers a solution that enables Qattro to grow and stay ahead in the competitive property development sector,” Mr Di Marco said.

Qattro recently rolled out TechnologyOne’s enterprise solution to manage the end-to-end property lifecycle from a single solution, enabling it to achieve higher levels of scalability, flexibility and accuracy.

“Our number one financial challenge is managing the complexity of having 25 to 30 different legal entities,” Mr Jansen said.

“TechnologyOne’s OnePropertyDevelopment solution allows us to automatically move money between bank accounts so we never have to log in and out of systems - it’s a one stop shop that takes care of the inter-company capital flows seamlessly and under the hood.

“We aren’t constrained anymore and can operate more efficiently, despite the complexity of our business. It will save us up to five days in manpower a month. 

“Human resource management enables employees to request leave no matter where they are and have their manager electronically authorise it, eliminating paperwork. Managing our payroll transactions in one spot is significantly more effective than our old system, where we would have six or seven different data files for the different employer companies.

“As for contract and project management, the solution provides a single source of truth, allowing us to control cost down to the most granular level, while maintaining seamless integration through disbursing to financial accounting ledgers.”


Aussie tech co. MSL buys UK group

AUSTRALIAN software company MSL Solutions (MSL) has acquired Verteda Limited, one of the UK’s biggest providers of hospitality software products.

This gives Brisbane-based MSL a strong foothold in the lucrative UK hospitality industry, as the software company continues to grow domestically and internationally.

MSL managing director and chief executive Craig Kinross said adding Verteda to its growing list of solution brands was a natural fit

Mr Kinross said Verteda’s current customer list reads like a who’s who of market leaders across sports and entertainment venues, hotels, and restaurant chains.

“The UK hospitality market is expansive especially in our key targets of stadium, golf and venue management which opens up a host of new revenue streams,” Mr Kinross said.

“We are very excited to begin this new partnership and look forward to providing the UK hospitality industry with our innovative MPower platform which helps food and beverage clients build lasting customer connections.

“The Verteda brand and business is strong and its executive team has the experience and commitment to drive growth in the UK and select global markets. We can now build upon existing market conditions in the UK and internationally to provide increased solutions to both Verteda and MSL customers.”

Mr Kinross said MSL’s MPower technology platform and technical expertise and development skills complement Verteda’s offering in the UK market where the company also enjoys successful partnerships with a similar client base.

Verteda’s management structure remains in place with managing director Adrian Burns continuing to lead the team from its base in Warrington, Cheshire.

“MSL’s purchase will shape Verteda’s future in many positive ways, including accelerating our strategic direction in optimising sales and the support of hospitality solutions in other regions,” Mr Burns said.

 “In this fast-paced industry in which technology trends and consumer behaviours change rapidly, our solutions and those of MSL are perfectly aligned. All of our existing customers should be aware it is business as usual and there will be no change to the Verteda brand or excellent service.”



Australia Post partners with Alibaba to help SMEs export to South-East Asia

AUSTRALIA POST has negotiated an expanded relationship with the world’s biggest online retailer, Alibaba, to help Australian businesses export to potentially millions of consumers across South-East Asia.

The partnership will see Australia Post extend its online storefronts beyond China to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, creating an online platform for Australian businesses to sell products across the region.

The Australia Post-branded storefronts will establish the first Australian marketplace within South-East Asia’s leading e-commerce network Lazada, of which Alibaba has a majority shareholding.

Lazada provides merchants with direct access to more than 560 million consumers in six countries and features a wide product offering in categories ranging from consumer electronics and household goods to fashion and health products.

Australia Post executive general manager for parcels and StarTrack CEO, Bob Black said the South-East Asian expansion built on Australia Post’s strong relationship with Alibaba.

“We are committed to supporting local Australian businesses and delivering eCommerce solutions that make it easier to grow their businesses whether that be across Australia or overseas,” Mr Black said.

“International expansion can be daunting for many businesses, particularly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). That’s why we are proud to have partnered with Alibaba to help give Australian businesses access to the booming e-commerce sector in China and now the lucrative South-East Asian market.”

Mr Black said Australia Post also planned to open storefronts on Lazada’s other sites in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines beyond this year.

Australia Post’s relationship with Alibaba has already enabled Australian businesses to sell their products across Alibaba’s key platforms since 2014, including Tmall Global, Global TaoBao and





Blue Prism robotics heads into Aust. market

UNITED KINGDOM headquartered robotics software group Blue Prism has set up a regional office in Sydney to meet ‘ a groundswell’ of demand in the southern hemisphere.

Blue Prism is a robotic process automation (RPA) software company which aims to deliver “the world’s most successful digital workforce” and has seen a spike in regional demand for its RPA software platform.

Several of Blue Prism’s strategic alliances are highly active in the market, driving the need for a stronger local presence, according to Mike Cawsey, the new regional director of sales for Australia and New Zealand. 

“The Sydney-based office enables our follow-the-sun support strategy, and also provides Blue Prism with a gateway to the Asia Pacific market, including China, Japan and Singapore where the market is really heating up,” Blue Prism executive vice president for global sales, Martin Flood, saoid.

“Mike Cawsey is a great addition to the sales leadership team, having led successful growth strategies for enterprise software companies across Asia Pacific.”

Mr Cawsey has more than 20 years experience in leading global enterprise software and technology organisations in business process management, analytics and information management and governance.

Previously, he served as senior vice president of Asia Pacific Active Navigation, a market-leading software vendor in information governance solutions. He’s held senior roles with companies such as IDOX/McLaren Software, Metastorm, DICOM/KOFAX, TIBCO BPM, Staffware and Modus Media.

Andy Gillard, Asia-Pacific digital operations leader for EY said, “EY has teamed with Blue Prism on over 70 RPA projects in 20 countries globally, helping clients build a digital workforce alongside their employees to deliver enhanced customer experience, improve efficiency and reduce risk. In Australia and New Zealand, we have already teamed with Blue Prism on over 15 projects and their establishment of a physical presence in the region will increase the support available to organizations and service providers looking to deliver value from greater automation.”

The Blue Prism presence could be a real game changer for Australian robotics development, according to customer PwC Australia.

“The speed and cost benefits of Robotic Process Automation are a game changer for Australian businesses facing low-growth environments and declining benefits from traditional optimisation strategies,” PwC Australia co-lead in RPA said Shane O’Sullivan said.

“Blue Prism's move into Sydney signals to the market the disruption that's to come from RPA, which will deliver the next wave of operational improvement and customer experience enablement.”